Farmers’ Protest Live Updates: ‘We are engaging with farmers to decide on next date of talks,’ says Narendra Tomar
Farmers' Protest Today Live News Updates: As the stir at Delhi borders protesting against the Centre's contentious agriculture laws entered Day 19, the heads of 32 farmer unions started a hunger strike from 8 am today as part of their plan to intensify their agitation from December 14.
Farmers’ Protest Live Updates: As farmers intensified their agitation against the Centre’s three farm laws and observed a day-long fast on Monday, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Monday said that the government is engaging with farmer leaders to decide on the next date of talks.
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“The meeting will definitely happen. We are engaging with farmers,” Tomar told PTI. The government is ready for discussion anytime. The farmer leaders have to “decide and convey” when they are ready for the next meeting, he added.
Meanwhile, Farmers raised slogans outside the offices of district commissioners and took out protest marches in Punjab and Haryana on Monday, following a nationwide call given by their unions against the new central laws.
In Punjab, protests were held in several districts including Ludhiana, Patiala, Sangrur, Barnala, Bathinda, Moga, Faridkot, Ferozepur and Tarn Taran, news agency PTI reported. In Haryana, protests were reported from Fatehabad, Jind, Sirsa, Kurukshetra, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Bhiwani, Kaithal and Ambala.
As the stir at Delhi borders protesting against the Centre’s contentious agriculture laws entered Day 19, the heads of 32 farmer unions started a hunger strike from 8 am today as part of their plan to intensify their agitation from December 14. However, leaders of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan), who had organised an event to demand the release of jailed activists last week, have decided to distance themselves from the strike call. Sukhdev Singh, Punjab general secretary of BKU Ekta Ugrahan, said that Ugrahan leaders will not observe fast. “We will not participate (in one-day hunger strike),” Sukhdev told PTI.
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Addressing a press conference at the Singhu border on Sunday, where the farmers have been camping since November 26, farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni said the leaders will observe the hunger strike at their respective places. "Also dharnas will be staged at all district headquarters across the country. The protest will go on as usual," he told PTI.
On Sunday, Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Som Parkash met Home Minister Amit Shah amid farmers' protests against the Centre's three agriculture laws, news agency PTI reported. The ministers were accompanied by BJP leaders from Punjab. Tomar and Parkash, along with their ministerial colleague Piyush Goyal, had led the government's negotiations with the protesting farmers.
Farmers from Rajasthan and some other places gathered in large numbers on the Haryana-Rajasthan border near Rewari on Sunday for their march towards Delhi and sat in protest on side of the Delhi-Jaipur national highway as the Haryana police put up barricades to stop them. The farmers were sitting in protest at Jaisinghpur Kheda area in Rewari along Rajasthan-Haryana border (NH-48). Gurgaon is over 70 km from the site while Delhi is nearly 80 km away. Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav, who was at the site, said since the barricades have been put, the farmers had no option but to stage a sit-in.
Meanwhile, freight carrier firms as well as factory owners from Tikri-Bahadurgarh say the ongoing farmers’ stir has had a significant impact on business. Owing to traffic jams, freight carriers or trucks transporting goods via Delhi-NCR to other states have been taking alternative routes, leading to delays.
Many transporters have stopped operations in the area altogether. Umesh Pandey (50), general manager of Vijay Lakshmi Transolutions Pvt Ltd, said, “We have stopped operations in the Punjab-Haryana side where routes are blocked, and are transporting only emergency goods (food and pharmaceuticals), for which we take alternative routes.”
Industrialists in the Tikri-Bahadurgarh region, where farmers are protesting on the Delhi-Rohtak road, say they are facing losses as neither raw material or finished goods are getting transported in and out of the area.
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